Sterling Wildlife Biology

Tropical Birding in Panama

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World Famous Birding Destinations:

Camp Darien, Canopy Tower Lodge and Canopy Lodge

February 1-19, 2014 

Camp Darien: Feb. 1-8

Canopy Tower: Feb. 8-15

Canopy Lodge: Feb. 15-19

Learn about tropical bird ecology and conservation with: leader and lecturer John Sterling, Panamanian senior guide Carlos Betancourt and other local guides.

See photos from my previous tours at:

$6,300  for double occupancy (private bath)

For single occupancy (shared bath) contact John for pricing options.

The price includes:
All meals (wine with dinner)
Snacks and beverages during outings
Airport group transfers
Transfer between lodges
Transportation to all the birding spots,
National parks entrance fee,
Professional local bird guide service, and
Lectures on tropical bird ecology and conservation.

                Canopy Tower Lodge in the heart of lowland rainforest   
Limited to 8 participants.  Single Occupancy Rooms limited to 4.

Ratio of participants to guides in the field 4:1.

Spaces are limited, so contact John Sterling as soon as possible for reservations or additional information at or 530 908-3836.

A deposit of $1,000 is required to secure your reservation and needs to be sent to Sterling Wildlife Biology, 26 Palm Ave., Woodland, CA 95695. 
  • 7 nights at Darien Camp
  • 7 nights at Canopy Tower Lodge
  • 4 nights at Canopy Lodge
  • relaxed pace for observing the tropical birds at the lodge grounds and nearby trails
  • photographic opportunities
  • closely observe bird behavior
  • learn about the birds
  • avoid rushing around and returning home with vague memories

About the Leaders
John Sterling had conducted tropical bird research for many years as a staff avian ecologist for the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center in southern Mexico and Peru, and his other experience includes stints as a resident naturalist in the Amazon Basin in southeastern Peru, as a tour leader in Costa Rica and Ecuador, and as a field ornithologist on many expeditions in Peru, Ecuador, Mexico and Costa Rica.  He will be traveling to Colombia in July to help with locating a potential birding lodge in the Andes near Cali.

John has spent years birding in tropical forests and has accumulated a wealth of experience and knowledge on tropical bird identification, ecology and conservation.  He enjoys sharing his knowledge of these fascinating birds and is currently preparing lectures to enhance our tour.

Our Panamanian guides will be with the group throughout the tour and their knowledge of locations of species is unrivaled in the region.  The senior guide, Carlos Betancourt, was on the International Partners-in-Flight/International Migratory Bird Day team for the World Series of Birding with John Sterling.  John can think of no other guide that he'd want to work with in Panama than the impressive and amiable Carlos!